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Jesse Taylor out of UFC Fight Night 121 Due to Potential USADA Violation

September 13, 2017 | Posted by Larry Csonka
Jesse Taylor

According to MMA Junkie, Ultimate Fighter 25 winner Jesse Taylor has been pulled from UFC Fight Night 121 due to a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation. The violation resulted from an out-of-competition sample collected on Aug. 22. Taylor was slated to fight Belal Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at the event, and the UFC is searching for a replacement. No other details were given. Here is the USADA statement…

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Taylor. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Here is the updated UFC Fight Night 121 card…

* Mark Hunt vs. Marcin Tybura
* Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
* Belal Muhammad vs. TBA
* Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alex Volkanovski
* Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou
* Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa
* Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
* Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem